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Bill 23 can be viewed as a mixed bag: housing advocate

Bill 23, the 'More Homes Built Faster Act 2022', allows for up to three units to be built on a single residential lot without any by-law amendments or municipal permissions.
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New homes are built in a housing construction development in the west-end of Ottawa on Thursday, May 6, 2021.

A number of changes are coming to how housing units are built in this province, as the Ontario government works to meet it's goal of building 1.5 million homes in the next decade and make housing more affordable. 

Bill 23, the 'More Homes Built Faster Act 2022', allows for up to three units to be built on a single residential lot without any by-law amendments or municipal permissions.

Dean Tester, an advocate with the group Make Housing Affordable, told The Sam Laprade Show on Nov. 24 that the bill can be seen as a "mixed bag" for many. 

"Whether we like it or not, changes are coming to our cities," he said. "We are expecting 400,000 more people to live in Ottawa in the next 25 years. We have under built houses for decades and we are feeling the consequences because we have a severe housing shortage and we need to build 100,000 new homes on Ottawa over the next 10 years to get back on track."

Tester said there are some positive pieces to bill, including more missing middle housing options like triplexes and smaller apartments and more intensification in the city, especially around transportation hubs. 

"People want to live in communities where they can either walk or take the bus to work and have easy access to their community," added Tester. 

What's concerning about Bill 23, noted Tester, is that it strips important protection away from renters and takes powers away from conservation authority organizations to make sure new builds are environmentally sound and flood proof. 

"They are really trying a little bit of everything," he said. "We are not going to know the true impact until it happens."

Listen to the full interview with Dean Tester below:

 

 

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